The Q&A Archives: soil and fertilizer

Question: what is the best soil and fertilizer you can use for container vegie and tomato plants

Answer: Plants in containers grow best in regular potting soil. Garden soil can dry out and be hard to re-wet, and wet garden soil makes the containers extremely heavy so you can't move them around if you need to. So, use a good grade of potting soil (Miracle Gro, Scott's, Kellogg's, etc.) I've found the best way to fertilize plants in containers is to use a half strength dilution of a water soluable fertilizer (Miracle gro, Peter's, etc.) and feed every 2-3 weeks. This way the plant's roots will have a steady diet but you won't have to worry about over feeding and burning the roots of the plants. Good luck with your veggie garden!

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